Celtic: Paul John Dykes claims Ismaila Soro has ‘regressed’

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Writer Paul John Dykes has wondered what has happened to Celtic’s Ismaila Soro, claiming that the has ‘regressed’ in recent times.  

The Ivorian signed from Israeli side Bnei Yehuda on a four-and-a-half-year deal last January with high expectations, having compared himself to Ngolo Kante.

This season, however, Soro has been a bit-part player in the Scottish Premier League, often featuring from the bench instead of starting matches. While talking on A Celtic State of Mind, Dykes claimed that in the limited times the 23-year-old has played this campaign, he has failed to impress, suggesting a ‘regression’ in form (22:49):

“I don’t think we’ve seen what Soro can do under because, I mean, you know the appearances have been few and far between. But when he has come into the play, he’s breaking it up for all the wrong reasons, he’s giving away too many fouls. 

“What has happened to Soro? I mean, last season there was supposed interest from Tottenham Hotspur, but he seems to have regressed slightly.”

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As Dykes suggests, Tottenham Hotspur were believed to be interested in signing the at one stage. Clearly, no deal ever materialised over the summer.

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The 23-year-old also made his international debut this June when he came on in the 89th minute in a friendly against which ended 0-0.

The interest from Spurs, and the cap for Ivory coast, certainly prove that Soro might potentially be able to play at a level above the Scottish Premiership, so his drop in form for Celtic will be a disappointment for player, manager and fans alike.

At least the season is young and there is an awful lot of football left to be played, so hopefully he will kickstart his season and put in some impressive performances at club level sooner rather than later.

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